"This branch of the great Clan Donald traces its history back to the 13th century and stems from Alasdair, great-grandson of Somerled of the Isles, killed at Renfrew in 1164.

In 1366 Ranold the Chief had his strong-hold in Kintyre and in 1481 King James III appointed Charles MacAlister to the Stewartry of Kintyre.

From his son sprang the leading family of MacAlister of Loup (from the Gaelic, meaning a curve or bend and descriptive of the shore-line marking out the MacAlister lands.)

MacAlister Badge/Motto
Later, the MacAlisters spread to Bute and Arran, where the name still occurs. MacAlister of Loup supported King James VII, fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie and the Battle of the Boyne. Another important branch of the Clans is that of MacAlister of Tarbert, whose chiefs were Constables of the castle there, built by Robert the Bruce."

-Ingles Buchan (Textiles) Ltd.